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AG Nessel charges Traverse County Jail Administrator with multiple felonies

(Tyler Markle)
Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 5:16 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel  annnounced in a news release that she’s filing charges against Grand Traverse County Jail administrator Todd Ritter. Ritter is accused of committing multiple felonies during his tenure as a Jail Administrator.

Ritter, 48, of Lake Ann, was put on administrative leave by the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office in April 2019 after reports of his unprofessional conduct began surfacing. 

Michigan State Police led the investigation into the allegations following an internal review by the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office in May 2019. The Attorney General agreed in early April 2020 to review the case after a petition was submitted by the Grand Traverse County prosecutor, who had requested the review to avoid any actual or perceived conflict of interest.  

Ritter is charged with: 

  • Embezzlement by a public official over $50, a 10-year felony; 
  • Larceny in a building, a five-year felony; 
  • Second-degree criminal sexual conduct, a 15-year felony; 
  • Common law offenses – misconduct in office, a five-year felony; and  
  • Willful neglect of duty, a one-year misdemeanor. 

“The laws of this state and country do not offer special exemptions for those in positions of power,” Nessel said. “It is my duty to enforce our laws and hold accountable anyone who fails to comply with those rules, regardless of the authority provided to them by their job title.”  

Ritter was arrested today by MSP troopers without incident at his home. He is expected to be arraigned on the charges at 1 p.m. Friday before Magistrate Tammi Rogers in 86th District Court. Future court dates have not yet been scheduled. 

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